Since most professional skaters, especially expert vert skaters, do not wear pads, many skaters think that helmets and pads are for posers. But all skaters need to be concerned with their personal safety opt to wear pads and helmets to avoid potentially crippling or fatal injuries.
When choosing the right protective gear, be sure to do your research first. Some pads look differently than others. Some pads are more restrictive but offer more protection. Other pads are offer more movement but protect a smaller area of the body. Also, look for the rating of the pads by doing an online search. If they have good ratings, then you can expect that they are tougher and more durable than a lower rated pad. Then, look into the fit of the pads. You don’t want to strap them again and again every run, be sure they fit like a glove but still offer the level of movement that you want. Don’t forget to consider the level of comfort that they offer, you don’t want to wear something that is uncomfortable. And lastly, you can also consider the look of the pad. Some may appeal to you more than others, so this also something to consider.
Choosing the proper helmet is very important. Again, you should do your research and look at how well they are rated. Check out the materials being used to make them. Ask around and look at what other skaters around the park are wearing. When you have decided on what helmet to buy, be sure to try it on for size. A small head on a huge helmet will not only give you a dorky look, but it will also lessen its ability to protect your head properly.
To figure out the right size helmet for you, first get a tape measure. Put it in the middle of your forehead and then find the circumference of your head. Use this chart below to figure out which size is right for you.
XS 20.10 in – 20.50 in
S 20.60 in – 21.30 in
M 21.40 in – 22.00 in
L 22.10 in – 22.90 in
XL 23.00 in – 24.00 in
Be sure to choose your protective gear well because in skateboarding, you need to protect yourself properly to avoid nasty injuries.